The Psychological Cost of College Math: Digital Learning Behaviors, Outcomes, and Genders Differences
HCI International 2018 – Posters' Extended Abstracts
Las Vegas, NV
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Students’ perception of the costs of engaging in learning has only recently been the focus of empirical study. Perceived costs include effort cost, opportunity cost, and psychological cost. This study focuses on the implications of psychological cost – the perceived negative psychological consequence of participating in a learning task –for learning behavior, performance, and the potentially greater prevalence of cost for women learning math. Research questions include: (1) Does perceived psychological cost of engaging in a calculus course predict undergraduates’ behavior in the learning management system (LMS)? (2) Does psychological cost of engaging in a calculus course predict students’ academic performance? (3) Which digital learning behaviors predict final exam score? (4) Do females perceive greater psychological cost than males? (5) Are there differences in course achievement by gender? And (6) Do male and females’ digital learning behaviors differ? Contrasting theory and prior findings, psychological cost did not predict learning behavior or course performance. Students’ use of policy documents and a tool to organize study sessions predicted final exam performance. Females perceived greater psychological costs than males when studying calculus, consistent with prior research. Female students also scored lower than males on the final exam. Results suggest that costs may differ by gender and may mediate gender differences in performance.
Expectancy-value theory (EVT); Psychological cost; Learning management system (LMS); Math learning
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Psychology | Higher Education
The Psychological Cost of College Math: Digital Learning Behaviors, Outcomes, and Genders Differences.
HCI International 2018 – Posters' Extended Abstracts, 852
Las Vegas, NV: Human-Computer Interaction.